Archive | August, 2009

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (101-120)

29 Aug

With the first 100 behind us, here is another twenty to add to the list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with week three, and in no particular order, albums 101 through 120.

101. blackstone legacyBlackstone Legacy – Woody Shaw (Contemporary, 1970)

102. pithecanthropus erectusPithecanthropus Erectus – Charles Mingus (Atlantic, 1956)

103. expansionsExpansions – McCoy Tyner (Blue Note, 1969)

104. PilgrimagePilgrimage – Michael Brecker (Heads Up, 2007)

105. san franciscoSan Francisco – Bobby Hutcherson & Harold Land (Blue Note, 1970)

106. freeFree – Benny Golson (Argo, 1962)

107. catching talesCatching Tales – Jamie Cullum (Verve, 2005)

108. Me and the bluesMe and the Blues – Joe Williams (RCA, 1964)

109. Ben and SweetsBen and Sweets – Ben Webster with Harry Edison (Columbia, 1962)

110. out of the afternoonOut of the Afternoon – Roy Haynes (Impulse!, 1962)

111. sarah vaughan with clifford brownSarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown – Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown (Verve, 1964)

112. trio 99 00Trio 99>00 – Pat Metheny (Warner Bros., 1999)

113. A Love SupremeA Love Supreme – John Coltrane (Impulse!, 1964)

114. my spanish heartMy Spanish Heart – Chick Corea (Polydor, 1976)

115. three suitesThree Suites – Duke Ellington (Columbia, 1960)

116. Stripling Now!Stripling Now! – Byron Stripling (Nagel-Heyer, 1999)

117. PeacemealPeacemeal – Lee Konitz (Milestone, 1969)

118. listen here!Listen Here! – Gene Harris (Concord Jazz, 1989)

119. mercy, mercy (buddy rich)Mercy, Mercy – Buddy Rich (World Pacific, 1968)

120. thelonious monk with john coltraneThelonious Monk with John Coltrane – Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Riverside/OJC, 1957)

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1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (81-100)

22 Aug

Here is another twenty to add to the list, to round out the first 100.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with week three, and in no particular order, albums 81 through 100.

81. the shape of jazz to comeThe Shape of Jazz to Come – Ornette Coleman (Atlantic, 1959)

82. straight no chaserStraight, No Chaser – Thelonious Monk (Columbia/Legacy, 1966)

83. karmaKarma – Pharoah Sanders (Impulse!, 1969)

84. jazz impressions of black orpheusJazz Impressions of Black Orpheus – Vince Guaraldi (Fantasy/OJC, 1962)

85. love storiesLove Stories – Russell Gunn (Highnote, 2008)

86. happy peopleHappy People – Kenny Garrett (Warner Bros., 2002)

87. school daysSchool Days – Stanley Clarke (Epic, 1976)

88. full forceFull Force – Art Ensemble of Chicago (ECM, 1980)

89. metamorphosenMetamorphosen – Branford Marsalis Quartet (Marsalis Music, 2009)

90. mother motherMother _____!, Mother_____! – Clark Terry with Zoot Sims (Pablo, 1979)

91. louis armstrong plays w.c. handyLouis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy – Louis Armstrong (Columbia/Legacy, 1956)

92. payton's placePayton’s Place – Nicholas Payton (Verve, 1997)

93. friends old and newFriends Old and New – John Hicks (Novus, 1992)

94. far wesFar Wes – Wes Montgomery (Pacific Jazz, 1958)

95. eternal journeyEternal Journey – Sean Jones (Mack Avenue, 2004)

96. special editionSpecial Edition – Jack DeJohnette (ECM, 1979)

97. We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now SuiteWe Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite – Max Roach (Candid, 1960)

98. out thereOut There – Eric Dolphy (New Jazz/OJC, 1960)

99. pure imaginationPure Imagination – Eric Reed (Impulse!, 1997)

100. diane schuur and the count basie orchestraDiane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra – Diane Schuur (GRP, 1987)

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1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (1-20)

Guitar Legend Les Paul Dead at 94

13 Aug

les paulLes Paul, who invented the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock ‘n’ roll greats, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 94.

I am sure that in addition to myself, my fellow radio dj’s locally and around the country will be sharing their favorite memories and recordings of the great Les Paul today.

I want to take this time to invite you to go through your collection and find your favorite Les Paul recording and/or memory and share it with us on Groove Notes.

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (61-80)

12 Aug

Here is another twenty for you to add to your list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with week three, and in no particular order, albums 61 through 80.

61. adams appleAdam’s Apple – Wayne Shorter (Blue Note, 1966)

62. giant stepsGiant Steps – John Coltrane (Atlantic, 1959)

63. blues and rootsBlues and Roots – Charles Mingus (Rhino, 1959)

64. trumpet evolutionTrumpet Evolution – Arturo Sandoval (Crescent Moon, 2003)

65. basie big bandBasie Big Band – Count Basie (Pablo, 1975)

66. brecker brosBrecker Bros. – Brecker Bros. (Arista, 1975)

67. billie holiday singsBillie Holiday Sings – Billie Holiday (Columbia, 1950)

68. fine and mellow live at birdland westFine and Mellow: Live at Birdland West – Carmen McRae (Concord Jazz, 1987)

69. nuf saidNuf Said – Kai Winding and J.J. Johnson (Bethlehem, 1955)

70. go!Go! – Dexter Gordon (Blue Note, 1962)

71. steve turreSteve Turre – Steve Turre (Verve, 1996)

72. once more with feelingOnce More…With Feeling! – Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band (Amherst, 1991)

73. spectrumSpectrum – Bob Mintzer (DMP, 1988)

74. in privateIn Private (compilation) – Art Tatum (Jazz Chronicles, 2007, recording dates 1949-50)

75. Straight LifeStraight Life – Freddie Hubbard (Columbia, 1970)

76. at the hickory houseAt The Hickory House – Marian McPartland (Capitol, 1954)

77. good night and good luckGood Night and Good Luck (soundtrack) – Dianne Reeves (Concord, 2005)

78. at newportAt Newport – Dizzy Gillespie (Verve, 1957)

79. the essential glenn millerThe Essential Glenn Miller (compilation) – Glenn Miller (Bluebird/RCA, 1939-1944 recording dates)

80. and then, there's this!…And Then, There’s This! – Jessica Williams (Timeless, 1990)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (41-60)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (21-40)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (1-20)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (41-60)

9 Aug

Here is another twenty for you to add to your list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with week three, and in no particular order, albums 41 through 60.

41. my songMy Song – Keith Jarrett Quartet (ECM, 1977)

42. piano in the foregroundPiano in the Foreground – Duke Ellington (Columbia, 1961)

43. the new standardThe New Standard – Herbie Hancock (Verve, 1995)

44. beyond the missouri skyBeyond the Missouri Sky – Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny (Verve, 1996)

45. after hoursAfter Hours – Sarah Vaughan (Blue Note, 1961)

46. royal garden bluesRoyal Garden Blues – Branford Marsalis (Columbia, 1986)

47. new orleans nightsNew Orleans Nights – Louis Armstrong (Decca, 1957)

48. the pied piperThe Pied Piper (compilation) – Bunny Berigan (Bluebird/RCA 1935-40 recording dates)

49. one more trip to birdlandOne More Trip to Birdland – Maynard Ferguson (Concord Jazz, 1996)

50. the italian sessionsThe Italian Sessions – Chet Baker (Bluebird/RCA, 1962)

51. fiddler on the roofFiddler on the Roof – Cannonball Adderley (Capitol, 1964)

52. mack the knife ella in berlinMack the Knife: Ella in Berlin – Ella Fitzgerald (Verve, 1960)

53. the tony bennett bill evans albumThe Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album – Tony Bennett/Bill Evans (Fantasy, 1975)

54. jazz sambaJazz Samba – Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd (Verve, 1962)

55. oscar peterson trio plus oneOscar Peterson Trio Plus One – Oscar Peterson/Clark Terry (PSM, 1964)

56. lucky to be meLucky To Be Me – Taylor Eigsti (Concord, 2006)

57. cornbreadCornbread – Lee Morgan (Blue Note, 1965)

58. swiss movementSwiss Movement – Les McCann/Eddie Harris (Atlantic, 1969)

59. hamp and getzHamp and Getz – Lionel Hampton/Stan Getz (Verve, 1955)

60. the birthday concertThe Birthday Concert – Jaco Pastorius (Warner Bros., 1981)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (21-40)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (1-20)


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